Wesley T. Mott

in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780195331035
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article talks about the Transcendentalists' vision of education, which was later extended to every stage of human life. They saw education as something that commemorates with the object of life and as a moral goal that teaches self-trust. The first generation of Transcendentalists had taken so much pain to attain the goal of education, especially of women who were denied access to higher education. Elizabeth Peabody, the most indefatigable teacher among the Transcendentalists and the one most receptive to European pedagogical innovations, was classically educated in a home school by her progressive mother. She later became one of the best educational activists among the Transcendentalists. Massachusetts witnessed many educational reforms during that period. The Transcendentalists, in all the way, were real educational reformists.

Keywords: education; educational reform; teaching; divinity; spiritual truth

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